katrina made landfall in the gulf coast, hitting mississippi, alabama, and of course new orleans, leaving those states devastated by this monster storm that roared into this region, taking 1,800 lives, displacing more than a million people, many of whom are still trying to get home. good morning, everyone. i'm tamron hall in new orleans marxing five years since hurricane katrina hit. >> good morning, tamron. i'm alex witt here at msnbc world headquarters in new york. we'll have the top stories for you, including the situation in the atlantic with two hurricanes, danielle and earl. >>> also, president obama's busy week ahead beginning in just a few hours with his trip to new orleans, and then his upcoming speech on iraq. >>> but we'll begin this hour with you, tamron, in new orleans. >> thank you, alex. hurricane katrina hit here five years ago today, and this morning we are taking a revealing look at the lasting impact and the progress made as this vital part of our country continues to recover. i'm reporting from artillery park. it's, in fact, just across from jackson square. you see st.